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Rowing is a sport where you get to train your endurance, strength, dynamics and technique.

About the training

In rowing, you get on the water in a boat. Rowing for people with disabilities is called para rowing. You can either train and compete or row to get a pleasant nature and outdoor experience.

Depending on your circumstances and where in the country you live, rowing can be practiced both as outdoor and indoor sports and as team or individual sports.

Target group for the activity

… has a mobility impairment, visual impairment or intellectual disability. Talk to the rowing club about what you need and what works for you.


  • Within rowing there are nine different boat types / disciplines.
  • In Paralympics there are four different boat classes / disciplines and there you compete for medals on a 2000 meter long distance.


  • The equipment for people with visual impairment and intellectual disability is available from the associations.
  • For those with reduced mobility, there are two singles / one-man boats that can be borrowed by the Swedish Rowing Association. These are suitable for trying on para rowing and there is also a parasite with a backrest for a rowing machine. Depending on the mobility impairment, this material may need to be adapted and used. Contact if you are interested in learning to row on the water or on a rowing machine.
  • If you have impaired vision, you should row in a team boat with at least one sighted person. No special equipment is needed for this and boats and accessories are available from the associations.